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Cladonia furcata (Huds.) Schrad.

Data Set Maintenance: Data set standard item. Data set author(s): Brodo I. & Ahti T. (96-12-10). Data set to be published after submission; 96-12-10.

Nomenclature: Current taxonomic status: accepted. Taxonomic rank: species. Cladonia. Cladoniaceae Zenker (1827).

Taxonomic Literature: Brodo I.M. & Ahti T., Can. J. Bot. 74: 1147-1180 (1996).

Ecology: Terricolous or bryophytic; growing sun-exposed, partially shaded, or fully shaded.

Thallus: Crustose, squamulose; lobes ascending; branches loosely aggregated, clustered, or densely aggregated; separate thallus parts 2-5 mm long; 1-2.5 mm wide. Primary Thallus: Evanescent or persistent. Secondary Thallus: Present, of indeterminate growth; stipe 25-120 mm high, 1-3 mm wide, lime green, olive, or brown (pale yellow green to quite dark brown and shiny), homogeneously coloured, mottled, or tainted brown, corticate (mainly continuous, but can become discontinuous and areolate above), with longitudinally split or perforated wall. Thallus Outline: Margin dissected. Upper Surface: Areolated, grey-green or lime green, smooth; not sorediate. Lower Surface: White.

Lower Cortex: Absent.

Reproduction Strategy: Only known as sterile, asexually reproducing form. Ascocarps: Forming apical at the tip of branches or stipes, sparse. Disk: Brown.

Secondary Metabolites: Fumarprotocetraric acid (with Cph-2 and sometimes Cph-1) and protocetraric acid, of the following substance class(es): ß-orcinol depsidones.

Spot Tests: Upper surface: K – (negative) (or brownish), C –, PD + red.

(report generated 15.Nov.2007)

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